Saturday, June 11, 2011

Evonik starts up new monosilane plant in Japan

 Evonik Industries and its partner Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) officially started up the new integrated production facility for monosilane and AEROSIL® in Yokkaichi, 400 kilometers south of Tokyo (Japan). Evonik has thus realized a future-oriented project to serve the growing photovoltaic and electronic markets. The project volume was around €150 million and the facility was the company’s largest single project in 2010. Evonik has a long-term agreement to supply monosilane to TNSC. Monosilane is used in the production of thin film solar cells, flat-screen displays and semiconductors for the electronics industry. Applications for AEROSIL® include processing into plastics, colorants and coatings.

At the opening ceremony in Yokkaichi, Klaus Engel, Chairman of Evonik's Executive Board, commented: “This substantial investment in Japan expands our significant market and technology position in the future-oriented solar energy market. It also makes a further important contribution to the global resource efficiency megatrend.”

The process used to produce monosilane at this new plant was developed by Evonik, which already operates a facility using this technology in Rheinfelden (Germany). The new plant in Yokkaichi will serve the Asian market with electronic-grade monosilane. 


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